Child Car Safety Seat Checkup Event

Misuse and non-use of child car seats is very high.  In order to properly protect a child, they need to be in the correct seat for their age, weight, height and developmental stage. And, the car seat needs to be properly installed in the vehicle.  Certified National Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to give free car seat inspections.

The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life. These economic benefits are an estimated $2,159 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,606 per child age 4 to 7 for new seats distributed, and $622 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued use. Based on this formula, the total economic impact for the 138  inspections at the event on April 7, 2018 is $169,214.

Our most recent child car seat inspection was on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM at  Bryan Towne Center (Near Target), 3125 Wildflower Drive, Bryan. This event was sponsored by the College Station Kiwanis Club in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Passenger Safety Project in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Here are some interesting statistics from the event of the 138 inspections conducted on Saturday, April 7, 2018:

  • 2 children arrived correctly restrained (1 – parent had been to a training and 1 – older child fit the seat belt)
  • 81 new seats issued
  • 45 old/unsafe seats were destroyed
  •   8 children arrived incorrectly riding in a seat belt

Despite the unseasonably cold, wet and windy weather, the checkup eventon Saturday, April 7, 2018 was a huge success.  This was a wonderful partnership between the Kiwanis Club and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Passenger Safety Project and the Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the TxDOT Bryan District, Bryan Collegiate High School, Brazos Valley Recycling and Lamar Property Management. We were very appreciative of the support from all of our student volunteers from Bryan Collegiate High School, College View High School and Texas A&M. Thanks to the hard work of all our technicians and volunteers every child left the event traveling as safely as possible and we appreciated the opportunity to help so many families in Brazos County. It was evident that the parents were very appreciative of the education they received at the event.

KBTX, our CBS affiliate, covered the event. See HERE for their report of the event of Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Our club also had a video made of the event of Saturday, April 22, 2017.